Assistant Professor in Industrial Ecology for Energy and Resources, Schulich School of Engineering

Position Description

The Sustainable Systems Engineering program in the Schulich School of Engineering at the University of Calgary is pleased to invite applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor in Industrial Ecology for Energy and Resources. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2024, or a mutually agreed upon date.     

Sustainable Systems Engineering is a technical, life-centered transdisciplinary field focusing on how to design, integrate, and manage complex systems over their life cycles with the goal of environmental, economic, and social sustainability. The program will train engineers that will have the knowledge, awareness and competencies needed to manage and implement engineering solutions that minimize negative impacts, strive to achieve at least net neutral outcomes, and, ideally, are restorative with people and the planet in mind.

The successful applicant will align with the University of Calgary's Ahead of Tomorrow strategic vision and support its strategic academic and research priorities of transdisciplinary scholarship, future-focused program delivery, and deeper community integration.  

We are seeking exceptional candidates to pioneer the development of an original, innovative, and sustainable research program in industrial ecology, with a specific emphasis on energy and resource flows. The successful candidate will specialize in material flow analysis, industrial symbiosis, input-output analysis (i.e., non-process LCA), circular economy, and data analytics within the broader context of industrial ecology. Candidates with skillsets in energy system modelling will also be considered. We are seeking a dynamic and visionary individual to contribute to our academic community, advance cutting-edge research, and inspire the next generation of scholars. They will enrich our academic community, propel pioneering research, and ignite inspiration among the next generation of scholars. The candidate will actively contribute to teaching, curriculum development, graduate student supervision and mentoring and is expected to provide service supporting SUSE, School, University and Profession. As a University of Calgary community member, the successful candidate will support and contribute to equity, diversity, inclusion, and a positive working and learning environment.

The idea prospective candidate should have:

  • A strong background in quantitative research methods and modeling as applied to problems in the area of material and energy flows in industrial systems
  • Demonstrated ability to work as part of and to guide transdisciplinary research teams     
  • A history of successfully acquiring external funding and the capability to foster meaningful partnerships with industry and government stakeholders
  • Experience working in industry and/or government
  • A track record of excellence in teaching

Prospective candidates must have:

  • A degree in an engineering discipline and a doctoral degree with a focus on sustainability-related methods or problems
  • A track record or demonstrated potential of generating high-quality and impactful scholarly research  
  • The potential to establish an externally funded research program, and to achieve international recognition within five years
  • Alignment between their research interests and those of the Schulich School of Engineering (Schulich Momentum: Enhancing Community, Expanding Impact) and the University of Calgary (Ahead of Tomorrow)
  • Ability to attract and develop excellent trainees, students, and future researchers
  • Ability to develop and teach a range of undergraduate and graduate courses core to engineering and relating to SUSE specifically material flow analysis, industrial symbiosis, input-output analysis, circular economy, and data analytics within the broader context of industrial ecology.
  • Have strong oral and written English communication skills
  • A commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Engineering
  • Be eligible for registration as a professional engineer with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA)

The successful candidate will benefit from a rich ecosystem that includes world-class engineering scholars, a focus on entrepreneurship and innovation, and a university community that supports transdisciplinary research, partnerships, and collaborations and supports research and teaching excellence.  The University of Calgary is a national leader in sustainability systems, with research activities and programs spanning departments, schools, universities, and communities.  

Interested individuals are encouraged to submit an application online via the `Apply Now’ link and include in one PDF file (which may require you to merge documents):

  • Cover letter and curriculum vitae, including the name and contact information of three referees
  • Statement of research interests, accomplishments, and vision (3 pages)
  • Statement of teaching philosophy (2 pages)
  • Statement on equity, diversity and inclusion, and indigenous engagement (2 pages)
  • Statement on sustainability and the role it plays in your research (2 pages)

Questions may be addressed to:
Dr. Marjan Eggermont
Interim Associate Dean Sustainability, Schulich School of Engineering

Application Deadline: March 1, 2024

The University of Calgary has launched an institution-wide Indigenous Strategy committing to creating a rich, vibrant, and culturally competent campus that welcomes and supports Indigenous Peoples, encourages Indigenous community partnerships, is inclusive of Indigenous perspectives in all that we do.

As an equitable and inclusive employer, the University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their academic and professional success while they are here. In particular, we encourage members of the designated groups (women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible/racialized minorities, and diverse sexual orientation and gender identities) to apply. To ensure a fair and equitable assessment, we offer accommodation at any stage during the recruitment process to applicants with disabilities. Questions regarding [diversity] EDI at UCalgary can be sent to the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion ( and requests for accommodations can be sent to Human Resources (

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. In this connection, at the time of your application, please answer the following question: Are you a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada? (Yes/No)

The University of Calgary recognizes that candidates have varying career paths and that career interruptions can be part of an excellent academic record. Candidates are encouraged but not required to provide any relevant information about their experience and/or career interruptions to allow for a fair assessment of their application. Selection committees have been instructed to give careful consideration to, and be sensitive to the impact of career interruptions when assessing the candidate’s research productivity.

Additional Information

For a listing of all academic opportunities at the University of Calgary, view our Academic Careers website. For more information about the Schulich School of Engineering, click here.

About the University of Calgary
UCalgary is Canada’s entrepreneurial university, located in Canada’s most enterprising city. It is a top research university and one of the highest-ranked universities of its age. Founded in 1966, its 36,000 students experience an innovative learning environment, made rich by research, hands-on experiences and entrepreneurial thinking. It is Canada’s leader in the creation of start-upsStart something today at the University of Calgary. For more information, visit
About Calgary, Alberta

Calgary is one of the world's cleanest cities and has been named one of the world's most livable cities for years. Calgary is a city of leaders - in business, community, philanthropy and volunteerism. Calgarians benefit from a growing number of world-class dining and cultural events and enjoy more days of sunshine per year than any other major Canadian city. Calgary is less than an hour's drive from the majestic Rocky Mountains and boasts the most extensive urban pathway and bikeway network in North America. 

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  • Application deadline: Mar 01, 2024
  • University of Calgary
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  • Calgary, Canada
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